6th February, 2018…

Beverley welcomes visitors with open arms…

...and is somewhere you’ll never tire of visiting, is a well-known fact, being recognised by more and more people each year.

The fact that Beverley welcomes visitors with open arms and is somewhere you’ll never tire of visiting, is a well-known fact, being recognised by more and more people each year.

It’s also something recognised by the region’s premier tourism awards, the REYTAs (Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards), organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire.

Now in their ninth year and regarded as the tourism “Oscars”, the REYTAs honour the brightest and best in this region's tourism industry and celebrate the enormous achievements of businesses across Hull and East Yorkshire.

For the 2018 awards, to be announced in March, a record number of Beverley area businesses have made it through to the final shortlist, including three Beverley cafes competing for the best cuppa award – Kavanaghs Cafe & Tea Rooms, T C Patisserie and Lempicka Cafe.

Beverley Racecourse and Bishop Burton College are among those shortlisted for the business tourism award while the Pig & Whistle in Sow Hill makes it through to the finals of two categories – best newcomer and best restaurant. Butt Farm Caravan & Campsite, Beverley, a winning newcomer last year, are finalists in the holiday park category.

White Rabbit Chocolatiers are finalists in the Remarkable Taste of East Yorkshire category, while the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival and Lambing Sunday at Bishop Burton College are finalists in the Remarkable Tourism Event for those attracting under 30,000 visitors. Beverley Food Festival is one of three shortlisted in the final for tourism events attracting more than 30,000 people.

Finally, Broadgate Farm Cottages at Walkington, The Swallow’s Nest, Brandesburton, Kingfisher Lakes Glamping, also at Brandesburton, and Corporation Farm Cottages at Tickton are finalists in the self-catering class.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday March 15 at Hull’s first four-star hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton, which opened in Ferensway just before Christmas.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

Remarkable Bed & Breakfast/Boutique Guest Accommodation

The Toll Cottage, Cottingham, Wolds Village, Bainton, Highfield Farm B&B, Southburn, near Driffield.

Remarkable Business Tourism Award

Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel, Willerby, KCom Stadium, Hull, Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby, Beverley Racecourse, Bridlington Spa, Bishop Burton College, Beyond Events, University of Hull.

Remarkable Cuppa

Kavanaghs Cafe & Tea Rooms, Beverley, Riverhouse Coffee Co., Hull, T C Patisserie, Beverley, Lempicka Cafe, Beverley, Wolds Village, Bainton, Drewton’s Farm Shop & Restaurant, South Cave.

Remarkable Holiday Park/Holiday Village

Thorpe Hall Caravan & Camping Site, Rudston, Sand le Mere Holiday Village, Tunstall, Patrington Haven Leisure Park, Far Grange Park & Golf Club, Skipsea, Butt Farm Caravan & Campsite, Beverley.

Remarkable Hotel

Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby, Village Hotel, Hull, Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club, South Cave, Mercure Grange Park Hotel, Willerby, Holiday Inn, Hull Marina.

Remarkable Newcomer

William’s Den, North Cave, Humber Street Distillery, Hull, The Pig & Whistle, Beverley, Hull Explorer, Hideout Hotel, Hull, The Cow Shed @ Fraisthorpe Beach.

Remarkable Pub

Minerva Hotel, Hull, The Head of Steam, Hull, The Old House by Shoot The Bull, Hull, The Old Star, Kilham, Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield, The Lion and Key, Hull.

Remarkable Restaurant

Tapasya, Hull, Tapasya@Marina, Hull, The Pig & Whistle, Beverley, 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar, Hull, The Old House by Shoot The Bull, Hull, 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, Hull.

Remarkable Self-Catering Provider/Property

Nordham Cottages, North Cave, Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington, The Swallow’s Nest, Brandesburton, Kingfisher Lakes Glamping, Brandesburton, Corporation Farm Cottages, Tickton, Little Otchan Shepherd’s Hut, Halsham.

Remarkable Taste of East Yorkshire

White Rabbit Chocolatiers, Beverley, Field & Forage, Thornholme, Drewton’s Farm Shop & Restaurant, South Cave, Side Oven Bakery, Foston on the Wolds, Atom Brewing, Hull, Mr Moo’s Real Dairy Ice-Cream, Skipsea, Laurel Vines Vineyard and Winery, Aike.

Remarkable Tourism Event (over 30,000 visitors a year)

Humber Street Sesh, Hull, Freedom Festival, Hull, Beverley Food Festival.

Remarkable Tourism Event (under 30,000 visitors a year)

The Big Malarkey, Hull, Hull Street Food Nights, Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, Lambing Sunday, Bishop Burton College.

Remarkable Visitor Attraction/Experience

Hull New Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, Spurn National Nature Reserve, Hull Minster, Burton Constable Hall, Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park, Humber Street Gallery, Hull.